Philippine Air Force is eyeing to purchase 16 Black Hawks from the United States, six T-129 attack helicopters from Turkey and three ground based air defense systems from Israel in 2019 in its biggest ever military buy, Former Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr said at the change of command ceremony on Friday.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed earlier this month that the technical working group of the Air Force has selected Black Hawks and T-129 ATAK for its combat utility helicopter and attack helicopter projects, respectively. He said the Black Hawks from Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky were the “best option” to replace the cancelled Bell 412 EPI contract with Canada.
Early this year, President Rodrigo Duterte called off the deal to acquire 16 Bell 412 EPI helicopters from Canadian Commercial Corporation after Ottawa ordered a review of the acquisition as the choppers might be used for offensive operations instead of transport missions.
According to Kintanar, the Air Force expects the deliveries of 2 Cobra attack helicopters from Jordan, 6 Super Tucano close air support aircraft from Brazil, 2 fixed wing Command and Control aircraft, 2 radar systems from Israel and 13 Hermes unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel.
Phase 1 of the Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Cyber System will also be implemented which will connect the Presidential Situation Room, the AFP Command Center, Unified Command Operations Centers, the Air Force Command Center, the Air Force functional commands, the Wings and down to the Tactical Operations Groups, Inquirer.net quoted Kintanar as saying Saturday.
The Air Force also hopes to the receive 2 C-130 cargo planes and 4 OV-10 attack aircraft from the US; and P721 million (US $13.6 million) worth of engineering equipment for humanitarian assistance and disaster response and developmental work.
Lockheed Martin has won a $1.8 billion United States (US) contract for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors
Lockheed Martin has won $996 million to upgrade 84 F-16 multirole fighter aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027
The United States (US) has denied Turkey a certificate to export the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) helicopter engines as part of a deal by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to sell 30 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan. The TAI was to produce 30 T129 ATAK Multipurpose helicopters for Pakistan following a $1
China is preparing to unveil its highly anticipated Z-20 helicopter, seen as a competitor to the United States UH-60 Black Hawk at the National Day parade on October 1. Various state owned media reported quoting defence experts while CCTV carried footage of the chopper with the Peoples Liberation Army tail number
An Indian JV, Adani Elbit Advanced Systems may have landed its first export order being part of a $180 million multi-UAV export deal between Israeli Elbit Systems and the Government of Philippines. Elbit is close to signing a $180 million deal for supplying various types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Philippines army, Globes newspaper reported
Two South Korean firms and government of Philippines will jointly manufacture defense products that includes bulletproof vests, helmets and magazines in Bataan province, north of Manila. A ceremony was organised Friday to mark the construction of factories for the production of defense hardware
The Philippine Army received 80 assault rifles and 44 mortars from the United States government earlier this month. The 80 assault rifles is a grant by the US government to the Philippine Army under the Military Assistance Program
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